Markus Fichtner at BarCamp Ingolstadt: How does one actually start a company?
On 18 and 19 June, a BarCamp took place for the first time in Ingolstadt. Here, company founders and start-ups exchanged views on founding new companies and the challenges that go with it. Markus Fichtner, manager of BFFT, the automotive engineering developer in Gaimersheim, was there in person as speaker and workshop leader. He reported on the possible obstacles encountered when starting a new business. In addition, Fichtner gave the approximately 50 participants at the newly built “Existenzgründerzentrum” (entrepreneurial center) in Ingolstadt tips on how best to avoid mistakes early on. These insights are intended to make it easier for new business founders to get started and resolve the obstacles that can arise.
What are BarCamps?
BarCamps originated in the USA and are supposed to make it possible for curious individuals to swap views in an open setting and to learn from one another. In contrast to a conference at which only one person at a time speaks and the others listen, the participants at a BarCamp swap ideas, in the framework of open workshops, on the most varied content and work out suggested solutions for the problem presentations that are brought in. In the process, subjects are suggested by the participants themselves. Unlike a conference, there is no prescribed agenda but instead, the BarCampers themselves decide by voting whether or not and to what extent a session should take place on the subjects that have been newly suggested that day.